Beauty, magic, gestures, rhythms and music make food an aphrodisiac, but there is also a bit of chemistry. In fact, there are substances that have a proven physiological effect, such as zinc (it must be said that zinc is one of the best sexual stimulants), histamine, phenylethylamine and nitrous oxide which, if present in foods, can promote love.
The first substance that is notable for its serious influence on the sexual act is histamine. It is a vasoactive substance – meaning it changes the volume and diameter of the blood vessel walls. Our body produces histamines in response to even the slightest insult by an allergen (redness, hives, mild inflammation). Our bodies produce histamines that enter the bloodstream and also some foods contain pre-formed histamines, so their intake can have similar effects. To be precise, the effect of histamine foods that interests us here is: the increase in the ability to have orgasms. Foods that are histamine liberators, or that induce the release of endogenous histamine, are chocolate, strawberries, pineapples and exotic fruits, shellfish, egg whites, sauerkraut, alcohol, potato starch, oily seeds and nuts (walnuts, almonds, peanuts, kola nuts), coffee and legumes (lentils and beans). Foods that already contain histamines are in first place, fermented cheeses (the most flavorful: blue cheese, Swiss cheese, camembert, have up to 1,300 mcg / g); followed by fresh fish (oily fish, tuna and salmon), shellfish and seafood, sauerkraut, and, among the vegetables, spinach (37 mcg / g) and tomatoes (22 mcg / g). Most notorious are oysters and mussels: they are bio-indicators of the condition of the waters, because they tend to accumulate pollution.
It is part of the wide range of foods capable of activating different stimulating actions. In addition to histamine, cocoa is full of phenylalanine, an essential amino acid that is linked toning up and exciting the nerves. It contains phenylethylamine, an aromatic amine that the brain produces naturally when you are in love or sexually aroused: it activates the central brain neurotransmitters linked to pleasure. It also contains theobromine, the stimulant present in largest quantities and an alkaloid similar to caffeine from the chemical point of view due to the effects it causes on the various systems of the human organism, although in a milder form. It produces a stimulation on the central nervous system, the respiratory system and the muscular-skeletal system, with a slightly more intense effect on smooth muscle tissue, such as cardiac contraction and the bladder. It stimulates the production of serotonin, the hormone of humor and well-being. According to research presented by the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, the fatty acids of chocolate are able to induce the production of endogenous cannabinoid compounds (i.e., similar to cannabis, but produced by the body).
Herbs, spices, chili
Many herbs and spices provide an important stimulus; including tarragon, black pepper, cloves and oregano. Saffron contains crocin, a highly effective antioxidant that can also increase the frequency of intercourse. The capsaicin in chili peppers that gives it the characteristic spiciness, is a powerful antioxidant, as well as an invigorating vasodilator.
In Egypt, honey was used during weddings. Today we can confirm that there is a relationship between honey and the success of married life. Starting with breakfast cereal and honey: several studies argue that oats with honey can stimulate the secretion of testosterone and therefore increase male sexual desire. It should be noted that honey is rich in boron and minerals that serve a role in sex and its readily absorbable sugars are necessary for the production of seminal fluid.
The truffle is a male aphrodisiac, in particular the white truffle, which contains androstenediol, a precursor of the male hormone: the male body converts it efficiently into testosterone, however it is not converted into estrogen.
A broadcast aired on the BBC in 2009, "The Truth About Food" presented a report based on research that ingesting four cloves of garlic a day, for three consecutive months, would have therapeutic effects on male impotence, especially for elderly subjects with high cholesterol problems. After broadcast, the sale of garlic in Britain rose by over 30%. Coldiretti, an organization of Italian agricultural businesses, said that news extolling the virtues of the many varieties of garlic produced in Italy and exported all over the world, adds that the red onion has the highest content of nitrous oxide, which is the active ingredient in Viagra.
Celery, asparagus, green leafy vegetables
Some vegetables - to be eaten fresh, if possible rather than packaged- offer unexpected hidden virtues. It should be noted first that celery, is low in calories, fresh, vital and has specific abilities to help the flow of blood and clean out the arteries. It is also rich in essential trace elements. There is also a wealth of benefits to be praised from asparagus which contains high amounts of the amino acid asparagine - or aspartic acid - which gives a particular smell to urine as it metabolizes the degradation of sulfurs such as thiols and thioesters, while it also offers some of its mischievous effectiveness. Deficiency of folic acid can cause lack of orgasm in both women and in men. Remedies? Lettuce at full blast, salads, spinach and all green leafy vegetables.
The mischievousness of the banana is not limited to the shape or firmness of its alluring pulp, but it is also based on bufoterina, the alkaloid content found in the peel.
Beware of the vasodilators
Some clarification should be made about the vasodilators. They can make you feel warm without visceral work on the structure, that is, on the affected part. For example, the intake of niacin, a peripheral vasodilator, can make you sweat and drip, but then when it comes down to it is ineffective. Attention also on wine. According to various studies, red wine has an entire list of benefits including sexual, according to a publication of the hospital SM Annunziata in Florence. Women who moderately consume wine have an overall sexual response better than teetotalers. In addition, a glass of red wine is packed with resveratrol, the powerful antioxidant and organic wines have even more of it. But, as we know, a glass of wine can be traitor too, both for the drowsiness which it induces, and the vasodilator effect that, as mentioned, can be counterproductive.